Liberal Arts Blog — Frogs in Art — Ancient Greece, Japan, Kermit

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Today’s Topic: Amphibians in Art I — Frogs — Ancient Greece, Japan, Kermit

Today, a new series begins. Amphibians in art. To be followed by Reptiles. Please share your favorite image of a frog or toad and, if possible, the back story. Experts — please chime in. Correct, elaborate, elucidate.

THE FROG AND THE OX (AESOP) — DON’T TRY TO BE SOMETHING YOU ARE NOT

1. The frog wants to be as big as the ox. So he puffs himself up more and more. Until he bursts.

2. Know yourself. Know your limits.

3. Historically, used as a justification for social hierarchy.

THE FROG IN JAPANESE ART (AND CULTURE)

1. In Japan, frogs are lucky animals.

2. Frog in Japanese means “return.”

3. Travelers carry them as good luck charms so they return home safely.

KERMIT THE FROG: “THE RAINBOW CONNECTION” AND “IT’S NOT EASY BEING GREEN”

1. Muppet character created by Jim Henson in 1955. Featured on Sesame Street and the Muppet Show.

2. Only amphibian to be have addressed the Oxford Union.

3. US postage stamp issued on his 50th birthday. Has a star on the Hollywood walk of fame.

The Frog and the Ox

Japanese Symbolic Animals and What They Mean | Japanese Shop

Kermit the Frog

YOUR TURN

Please share the coolest thing you learned recently or ever related to art, sculpture, design, architecture, film, or anything visual. Perhaps a favorite painting, sculpture, film, building, or a technique of drawing, sculpting, design, film-making.

This is your chance to make someone else’s day. And to cement in your own memory something cool or important you might otherwise forget. Or to think more deeply than you otherwise would about something that is close to your heart.